How can you tell the difference between a petit and grand mal seizure?

Very different. An eeg tells the definitive difference because they have different brain wave patterns. But clinically petit mal are absence seizures where the person just blanks out for a second and then starts up like nothing happened. Grand mal involves the whole body in what is called tonic-clonic where arms and legs twitch and convulse. Eyes roll back in head, loss of consciousness.

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What is the difference between absence and grand mal seizure?

Both generalized. Absence is just a staring spell of few seconds grand mal is generalized jerking seizures, cause injury and last longer. Read more...

What are the differences between petty mal or grand mal seizures?

Peti mal seizures. The difference is the petti mal is a more minor seizure lasting typically several seconds. A witness to the event would only see some mild twitching, possible arm or leg movements and it stops fairly shortly. A grand mal seizure is more prolonged and has a great effect on the body. Typically are serious prolonged movements of arms/leg involuntary urination. Read more...

How to know the difference, aura migraine and aura seizure? Get no headache. Dizzy, blind, confused, hot, speech prob, heart palput. Dad had grand mal seizure.

Hard to tell. The best way to tell would be either having an EEG while you have the symptoms, or having a headache or a seizure after the symptoms. But if these symptoms are isolated, and this is all the information we have, it cannot be definitely called a seizure or a migraine aura. Read more...

Can you tell me what could cause a grand mal seizure?

Multiple causes. The mayo clinic has a good site on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/grand-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021356. If you are experiencing seizures, it is recommended you consult a neurologist. Driving can be restricted based in the state you live in, if you are having seizures. Hope that helps to answer your question! Read more...

Can anyone tell me what can cause a grand mal seizure?

Multiple causes. The mayo clinic has a good site on this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/grand-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021356. If you are experiencing seizures, it is recommended you consult a neurologist. Driving can be restricted based in the state you live in, if you are having seizures. Hope that helps to answer your question! Read more...

What can I do to limit the amount of grand mal seizures I have?

Management. Epilepsy can rarely be cured. But it can be managed. Usually good health habits and an appropriate medication will give control. For some surgery is necessary or combination medications. Special devices such as vagal nerve stimulator may be appropriate. Consult at an epilepsy center focused on best management would be appropriate. Read more...

Can a grand mal seizure cause death?

Yes. Epilepsy needs to be treated, with either anti-epileptic meds, vagal nerve stimulator, surgery or all of the above. Sudep is death during sleep, seizure while driving or at heights can be deadly. While aspiration and suffocation quite rare, if it happens, it can be deadly. Got the picture, always try to prevent future seizures. Read more...